Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
For His Glory!
(Jesus the Christ)
What is the Testimony of Jesus Christ?
Rev 19:10And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
This verse says certain ‘brethren have the testimony of Jesus – the spirit of prophecy.’
If the Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy – What is prophecy?
A discourse emanating from divine inspiration and declaring the purposes of God, whether by reproving and admonishing the wicked, or comforting the afflicted, or revealing things hidden; esp. by foretelling future events
To have prophecy we need a prophet
PROPH'ET, n. (Webster 1828)
1. One that foretells future events; a predictor…
2. In Scripture, a person illuminated, inspired or instructed by God to announce future events; as Moses, Elijah, David, Isaiah…
3. An interpreter; one that explains or communicates sentiments. Exo 7.
…of the prophets, among the Israelites, a school or college in which young men were educated and qualified for public teachers. These students were called sons of the prophets. 2Kgs 2:3 Now the sons of the prophets who were at Bethel came out to Elisha …
Can just anyone be a prophet?
Num 11:29Then Moses said to him, "… Oh, that all the LORD's people (Israel) were prophets and that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them!"
1Cor 14:1Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
Rev 22:9… your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God."
The key to be a prophet was and is – the Spirit is upon them.
1Cor 12:8for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.
Prophets have been around since the beginning
Luke 1:70As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, Who have been since the world began,
Some are called from the womb
Jer 1:5"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations."
The prophet’s purpose is to be a witness
– speaking the divine inspiration and declaring the purposes of God.
Hos 12:10I have also spoken by the prophets, And have multiplied visions; I have given symbols through the witness of the prophets."
Acts 26:22"Therefore… saying no other things than those which the prophets and Moses said would come --
Rom 1:2which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures,
Rom 3:21… the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,
2Pet 3:2that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, (The apostles had the Testimony of Messiah)
Amos 3:7Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.
Mal 4:5Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.
Moses was a prophet and He spoke of the coming Prophet
(Moses speaking then YHVH)
Deut 18:15"The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear… 18 'I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. 19 'And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.
'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!'
Luke 7:16… "A great prophet has risen up among us"; and, "God has visited His people."
Matt 26:56"But all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled…
Matt 13:35that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: "I will open My mouth in parables…
Yeshua is – "The Prophet"
Heb 1:1God, … spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; (The Prophet)
John 7:40Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, "Truly this is the Prophet."
John 1:45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote -- Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."
Luke 24:19And He said to them, "What things?" So they said to Him, "The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people…
Acts 7:37" This is that Moses who said to the children of Israel, 'The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear.' (Read the witness of Steven Ac 7)
Yeshua acknowledges He is fulfilling prophecy
Luke 18:31Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished.
Luke 24:25Then He said to them, "O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!... 27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
Luke 24:44Then He said to them, "These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me."
Yet to come – yet to be fulfilled
Namely the Second Advent – "The Revelation"!
The Testimony of Jesus Christ – ‘The Revelation’ is called ‘this prophecy’ – for the end time.
Rev 1:1The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants -- things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, 2 who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. 3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.
Rev 22:6Then he said to me, "These words are faithful and true." And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.
Rev 10:7but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets.
Rev 11:10And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth. (Two Witness)
Rev 11:18The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, And those who fear Your name, small and great, And should destroy those who destroy the earth."
Rev 18:20"Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!"
Rev 19:20Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.
Rev 20:10The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Acts 2:30"Therefore, being a prophet (David), and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne,
Acts 13:40"Beware therefore, lest what has been spoken in the prophets come upon you:
Matt 5:17" Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets…
Luke 24:25Then He said to them, "O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!...
Acts 3:18"But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled… 21 whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. (The same message…) 22 For Moses truly said to the fathers, 'The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. 23 And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.' 24 "Yes, and all the prophets, from Samuel and those who follow, as many as have spoken, have also foretold these days. 25 You are sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Abraham, 'And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.'…
Acts 10:43"To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins."
1Cor 12:28And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers…
For …the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy
Proverbs 3:1My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; 2 For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you. 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, 4 And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
A proverb is a wise maxim that stands the test of time without failing. It is a teaching or instruction that enlightens our lives. When it is directed to the Eternal Creator it brings joy, peace, and salvation.
PROPH'ESY, v.i. (Webster 1828) To utter predictions; to make declaration of events to come. Jer 11.
1. In Scripture, to preach; to instruct in religious doctrines; to interpret or explain Scripture or religious subjects; to exhort. 1 Cor 13. Ezek 37.
"A book has but one voice, but it does not instruct everyone alike."
"At the Day of Judgement, we shall not be asked what we have read but what we have done."
TWOT (edited for length)
1277 (nābā’) prophesy. Denominative verb.
1277a (nābı̂’) spokesman, speaker, prophet.
1277anābı̂’. Spokesman, prophet. The derivation of nābı̂’ is a matter of controversy. … meaning to bubble up," "boil forth," hence, "to pour forth words, like those who speak with fervour of mind or under divine inspiration, as prophets and poets." … For these reasons this group of authors have supposed that to utter revelations from God’s spirit (ecstatic speech) is the function of the nābı̂’. … to receive God’s speech and then to proclaim it, emphasizing the reception of divine communication by the nābı̂’.
Actually the views of the derivation are four. 1) From an Arabic root, naba’a "to announce," hence "spokesman" … 2) From a Hebrew root, nābā’ softened from nāba‘ "to bubble up," hence pour forth words … 3) From an Akkadian root nabû "to call," hence one who is called [by God] … 4) … The essential idea in the word is that of authorized spokesman… in the general usage of the word and in three Pentateuchal lo‘i.
The first lo‘s follows the last of Moses’ famous objections to being God’s designated spokesman to the children of Israel and to Pharaoh (Ex 6:28-30). "And the Lord said unto Moses, See, I have made thee as God to Pharaoh; and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet. Thou shalt speak all that I command thee; and Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh" (Ex 7:1, 2). Whatever the origin of the word, therefore, a nābı̂’ is a person authorized to speak for another, for Aaron, speaking in Moses’ place to Pharaoh, is Moses’ nābı̂’.
The second lo‘s follows an incident wherein Aaron and Miriam had presumed to supplant Moses as mediator of the divine revelation to themselves (Num 12:1-2). The Lord himself then intervened by declaring that Moses only would hold direct conversation with the Almighty, that he would, however, communicate with prophets by dreams and visions (Num 12:4-8). What is left unstated, but is presumed and stated clearly elsewhere (e.g. Jer 23), is that a genuine nābı̂’ could be such a spokesman for God only if God had genuinely given him a message (however obscurely) to speak.
The third occurs just before the great legislator’s death. In view of the end of "face-to-face" communications from God through Moses, there was a formal announcement of the office of nābı̂’ on a continuing basis. In this passage (Deut 18:9-22) Jehovah formally proscribed any traffic with the bogus pagan mantic practices of Canaan (Deut 18:9-14). Then having stated that a line of prophets would speak (or write) with the same authority that imposes had spoken (and written), he commanded the Israelites to render the prophet the same obedience (Deut 18:15, 18, 19) which he had commanded them to give to Moses. Five certifying signs of a prophet (Ps 74:9; cf. Mt 12:38; Acts 2:22) were announced as follows: 1) the prophet must be Israelite, "of thy brethren" (vv. 15, 18); 2) he speaks in Jehovah’s name-"voice of Jehovah" (v. 16) "he shall speak in my name" (v. 19; cf. v. 20), death being the penalty for false claims to so speak (v. 20, cf. Deut 18:1 ff.; I Kgs 18:20-40); 3) supernatural knowledge of the near future was to be a sign of the authenticity of divine appointment (vv. 21-22; cf. I Kgs 22; Jer 28, esp. v. 17); 4) the prophet might perform some other miraculous sign (see Deut 13:1 ff.; cf. I Kgs 18:24; and esp. v. 36) and 5) the final test is strict conformity to (agreement with) the previously certified revelations, by Moses at first and by the prophets to follow (Deut 13:1-18). The fifth requirement is emphatic, the entire thirteenth chapter being devoted to it.
Hebrews 1:1-2, clearly declares that the entire OT is a deposit of written oracles of the nĕbı̂’ı̂m. The word "prophets" is extremely important in this text, for, "In the LXX nābı̂’ is always translated prophetes; there is not a single instance of any other word" (TDNT, VI, p. 812).
Death is certain but the Bible speaks about untimely death!
It is written in the Bible (Galatians 6:7):
'Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Here are some men and women who mocked God:
John Lennon (Singer):
Some years before, during his interview with an American Magazine, he said:
'Christianity will end, it will disappear. I do not have to argue about that. I am certain. Jesus was ok, but his subjects were too simple. Today we are more famous than Him' (1966).
Lennon, after saying that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, was shot six times.
Tancredo Neves (President of Brazil):
During the Presidential campaign, he said if he got 500,000 votes from his party, not even God would remove him from Presidency.
Sure, he got the votes, but he got sick a day before being made President, then he died.
Cazuza (Bi-sexual Brazilian composer, singer and poet):
During A show in Canecio (Rio de Janeiro), while smoking his cigarette, he puffed out some smoke into the air and said: 'God, that's for you.'
He died at the age of 32 of AIDS in a horrible manner.
The man who built the Titanic:
After the construction of Titanic, a reporter asked him how safe the Titanic would be.
With an ironic tone he said: 'Not even God can sink it'
The result: I think you all know what happened to the Titanic.
Marilyn Monroe (Actress):
She was visited by Billy Graham during a presentation of a show. He said the Spirit of God had sent him to preach to her.
After hearing what the Preacher had to say, she said: 'I don't need your Jesus'.
A week later, she was found dead in her apartment.
Bon Scott (Singer):
The ex-vocalist of the AC/DC. On one of his 1979 songs he sang: 'Don't stop me, I'm going down all the way, down the highway to hell'.
On the 19th of February 1980, Bon Scott was found dead, he had been choked by his own vomit.
Campinas (In 2005):
In Campinas, Brazil a group of friends, drunk, went to pick up a friend....
The mother accompanied her to the car and was so worried about the drunkenness of her friends and she said to the daughter holding her hand, who was already seated in the car: 'My Daughter, Go With God And May He Protect You…'
She responded: 'Only If He (God) Travels in The Trunk, Cause Inside Here... It's Already Full '
Hours later, news came by that they had been involved in a fatal accident, everyone had died. The car could not be recognized what type of car it had been, but surprisingly, the trunk was intact.
The police said there was no way the trunk could have remained intact. To their surprise, inside the trunk was a crate of eggs, none were broken
Christine Hewitt (Jamaican Journalist and entertainer) said the Bible (Word of God) was the worst book ever written.
In June 2006 she was found burnt beyond recognition in her motor vehicle.
Many more important people have forgotten that there is no other name that was given so much authority as the name of Jesus - Many have died, but only Jesus died and rose again, and he is still alive.
'If you are embarrassed about me, I will also be embarrassed about you before my father.'
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What problems need a solution?
Looks like b) is the answer…
"The news you hear is presented as if it were unique and original, and therefore worthy of your full attention and alarm. Yet God’s word tells us that there is nothing new under the sun. He also told us that there would be wars and rumors of wars, but even so we should not be afraid, or chase after rumors. Live according to the wisdom of understanding that the events around us are either similar to events that have already occurred, or they are described in prophecy. This will give us a framework within which to assess our world, so that we will not be swept away by every new thing. Approach the world from this perspective, that we may abide in the peace and calmness which is the birthright of His children and stand steadfast even though we are in the midst of a battle and a raging storm."
(Adopted from a blog post by Dale Cresap)
Psalm 105:13And they wandered about from nation to nation, From one kingdom to another people. 14 He permitted no man to oppress them, And He reproved kings for their sakes: 15 "Do not touch My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm."
Blessed be YHVH (Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)
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